The Norwegian Elkhound is more than six millennia old and still retains all his Nordic traits. As an old Scandinavian breed of dog, he was a guard and hunting dog for Vikings. He used to track game and then circle and hold it for his master. The game included elk, moose and bears. He didn’t appear in shows until 1877. He has a lot of stamina and can handle rugged terrain better than most dogs.
He has a friendly nature and is intelligent, independent and dignified. His colour is a silvery grey colour with saddle markings. He’s full of energy and is quite bold. He’s a friendly family dog and an effective guard dog. He hates being away from people. He needs regular exercise but doesn’t need much grooming. He stands at 19.5 – 20.5 inches.